President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mourned the death of ZANU PF Central Committee member and former Muzvezve Member of Parliament, Peter Haritatos, who succumbed to COVID-19-related complications at a local hospital in Harare last Saturday at the age of 77.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, Mnangagwa described the late Haritatos, who was father to Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, Vangelis Haritatos, as “a reliable, loyal and committed patriot”. The statement read:
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It was with deep sorrow and pain that I received news of the death on Saturday of Honourable Cde Peter Haritatos, father to our Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, Vangelis Haritatos.
His untimely death due to COVID-19 related complications further highlights how dangerous and widespread this disease has become in our country. No one is safe from it until everyone is safe.
A senior member of the Central Committee of our Party ZANU PF and former legislator for Muzvezve, the death of Cde Haritatos has robbed our Nation of a reliable, loyal and committed patriot with a warm and generous heart towards his fellow compatriots.
A respected revolutionary in many respects, Baba George as he was affectionately called by close associates and the local community in the Kadoma area, suffered and endured racial discrimination and human indignity at the hands of white colonial settlers before our Independence.
He was denied education in white schools as punishment for his close association with blacks. His political activism and support for our liberation struggle landed him in jail.